I Am Just Not a Morning Person
I have been a night owl since I was a kid. If I could, I would still love to stay up until 3 AM and roll out of bed around noon or later. This schedule was my life for over 10 years when I was working second shift. When I was 32, we decided to have Wyatt, so that lifestyle is long gone (fair trade, I would say).
Regardless of how much sleep I get, mornings are still hard for me. I’ve tried many suggestions that were going to make me magically turn into a morning person but nope – mornings still suck.
9 Tips That Can Make Getting Up a Little Less Painful
- Don’t hit the snooze button
Studies have proven that going back to sleep after your first alarm does more harm than good.Put your phone across the room if you have to or check out one of the many alarm apps where you have to solve a complex puzzle etc…to shut it off.
- Open the curtains and blinds right away
Natural light is what tells our body that it’s time to start the day.I’ve even read some research that suggests leaving your blinds open a bit at night so your body can naturally start waking as the sun rises. If that’s your jam, have at it but not this mama. I don’t have to get up that
- Take a nice hot shower
Nothing wakes me up like an invigorating shower!You can also kill two birds with one stone and use this time for your mindfulness practice, setting positive intentions for the day, visualizations, or affirmations.
- Set out your clothes for the morning
Even if you are like me and usually don’t get out of your comfy clothes until shortly before you leave the house – still set out your comfy clothes and your leave the house clothes.The fewer decisions you have to make in the early morning hours, the better. Your brain is at its peak 2 hours after waking. Save decisions for then. 😉
- Do a 15 minute clean up before bed
Every evening, at least one hour before bed, set a timer and clean up everything in sight. Pick up those toys, clothes, books, the laundry scattered everywhere and put them where they belong. It is so much nicer to wake up to a nice tidy house than one that instantly causes stress.Get the family involved if possible! Make it a game and see who can get the most done before the timer goes off!
- Make your to-do list for the next day before bed
Each night (at least an hour before bed), take a few minutes to write all the tasks that you need or want to get done tomorrow, putting the most important (or most difficult) 3 tasks at the top of the list. Tackle those tasks first in the morning (AKA Eat the Frog – Mark Twain). This not only helps keep you organized but also helps unload all the crud from your brain so you can get more restful and restorative sleep.I keep everything in my Bullet Journal so I know exactly where all of my lists are at all times.
- Wake up to the magical, wonderful smell of coffee in the air
If you’re a coffee drinker, spend the extra few bucks to get a programmable coffee maker and set up so it’s ready and waiting for you in the morning. Just the smell of it brewing helps me get out of my incredibly comfy, cozy bed.
- Wake up earlier than your kidsI know this is a tough one. I am so not a morning person but beginning my day with that first cup of coffee in silence (as opposed to airplane/robot/gun sound effects from a 5-year-old) makes such a huge difference in my mood and therefore, how the rest of my day goes.
I also use this beautiful time to journal, meditate, write, set my intentions for the day ahead or if I’m lucky, even do a quick Yoga session.
- Empty your dishwasher before breakfastLoad that bad boy up as the day goes on and start it before you go to bed. Rinse and repeat – day after day after day after endless day….. HA!
I know these all sound very simple but I am proof that they do work. I’m still not singing and dancing in the morning but for the most part, I am not grumpy and snippy either. I’d call that winning.
Let me know in the comments if any of these work for you! I love chatting with my readers!